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Former IGP cautions parents on human trafficking

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Mr Solomon Arase

 

A former Inspector General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase, has advised parents to carry out thorough background checks before entrusting their children to anyone.

He made the call on Thursday in Lagos during a book launch with the title, “We are priceless”, authored by a crime security reporter, Juliana Francis.

Arase, currently the Chairman of the Police Service Commission(PSC), said it was essential to prioritise the safety and well-being of the young ones.

According to him, profiling individuals who express interest in taking care of children is a responsible approach.
“Parents should not simply hand over their children to anyone who volunteers to take them to the city or elsewhere.
“It is important to assess the character, reputation, and intentions of individuals before making such decisions,” he said.
Arase, also the Chairman of the Occasion, advised parents on the importance of ongoing monitoring.

He noted that once parents had entrusted their children to someone, it was imperative to maintain regular contact and keep a tab on their activities.

The PSC boss said that obtaining the phone numbers and contact information of the individuals responsible for the children’s well-being remain crucial for effective communication and oversight.

“Keep a tab on your kids as they go along. Get the phone number of who they are going to stay with and know what they are doing, it is a holistic approach,” he added.

Arase suggested that training law enforcement officers was essential in countering these crimes.

This, he said, coud be achieved by educating law enforcement personnel about the signs and the checklist of indicators associated with human trafficking and other crimes against children.

Mr Godwin Morka, a retired director, National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), called for
collective responsibility in combating the crime.

 

Morka said that cmbating human trafficking requires a united effort from individuals, communities, organisations, and government agencies.

“There is need for concerted effort by all to stop human trafficking.

“It is doing great damage to Nigerian youths, particularly the female gender.

“The book launched by Francis is one way to the directive, others should join in any capacity in fighting the menace,” he said.

The author, Francis, who shared a personal experience of how she was raped at a young age, pleaded with parents to exercise caution and not blindly trust individuals who offer to sponsor their children’s travel expenses.

According to her, the personal experience inspired her to become passionate about covering the activities of National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) and helping girls who have been victims of trafficking.

Francis said that she was raped at a tender age and could not tell anyone, but after graduating from university she started covering NAPTIP.

“I saw girls being trafficked and raped. I became passionate about reporting the manace, especially covering NAPTIP and the girls.

“I saw a 10-year-old girl kept in a hotel, being violated and raped by whitemen and her madam was collecting money (dollars) from the men,” she said.

Francis, CEO of Youthlsens Initiative Development, a non-governmental organisation, said, “we need to start to educate our girls so that when someone tell them he want to take them to abroad they should know nothing is wrong.”

She urged parents to be careful and not just release their children to anybody who volunteered to take them abroad and foot the traveling bills.

The Publisher of securitynews alert.com called on everyone to unite to fight the crime.

“Everyone should become a campaigner, I want my book to have an effect, it’s a family book, even though the target may be secondary school students.

“Everybody should be more enlighten about issue that has to do with human trafficking,” she said.

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Unknown Gunmen Abduct Channelstv Reporter In Port-harcourt

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Some unknown gunmen have kidnapped Joshua Rogers, the ChannelsTV reporter in Port-Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

Politics Nigeria learnt that Rogers was picked up close to his residence at Rumuosi in Port Harcourt and to an unknown destination by the gunmen around 9pm on Thursday, April 11.

The reporter was driving his official ChannelsTV branded car when the hoodlums accosted, pointed a gun at him and took him away in the same vehicle.

 

Rogers was said to be returning from his official assignment in Government House after a trip to Andoni for a government event when the incident happened.

Already, the gunmen were said to have contacted his wife and demanded a N30million ransom for bis release.

His cameraman confirmed the incident and appealed to his abductors to set him free unconditionally.

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Sermons, Tinubu Appeals To Religious Leaders

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Bola Tinubu

 

President Bola Tinubu has called on religious leaders to refrain from vilifying or denigrating the nation in their sermons.

Speaking during Ramadan Iftar with traditional rulers and religious leaders at the State House on Thursday in Abuja, the President emphasized the important role of religious leaders in shaping public opinion and fostering a sense of unity among citizens.

He urged the leaders to be more constructive in their criticism of those in elective positions.

President Tinubu also declared that his administration is determined to turn Nigeria’s challenges into prosperity.

He reiterated that no terrorist can defeat the collective will of Nigerians, no matter how hard they try to prey on innocent citizens.

He urged traditional and religious leaders to forge a strong bond with the government to defeat terrorism, banditry, kidnapping, and other forms of criminality in the country.

”Yesterday in Abuja, I attended the burial of the 17 soldiers killed in action at Okuama, Delta State. I saw their pregnant wives and little kids.

”The love of the nation is in your hands. Pray for our country. Educate our children. The sermons we preach to the members of our churches and mosques are important.

”Do not condemn your own nation. As a Yoruba man and as our fathers will say, ‘No matter how slippery the bottom of your child is, you must leave the beads there.’

“Leave the beads there. This is your country; do not condemn it in sermons, do not abuse the nation. Leadership is meant for change.

”Yes, this leader is bad, fine. Wait until the next election to change him, but do not condemn your country. Do not curse Nigeria. This is a beautiful land.

The President, who acknowledged the birthday wishes and goodwill extended to him on the occasion, reminded the leaders that his birthday on March 29, 2024, coincided with Good Friday.

“I have earned the honour of having my birthday fall on Good Friday, and I pray that on this Maundy Thursday, you all shall return to your homes safely. May God guide and keep you and your families in good health, and lift your spirits,” the President prayed.

Different speakers at the dinner expressed gratitude for the opportunity to come together in the spirit of Ramadan to share a meal with the President and renew the bonds of friendship that unite the nation.

Vice-President Kashim Shettima emphasized the pivotal roles of religious and traditional rulers in promoting peace and unity, urging them to continue to ‘‘build bridges that transcend ethnic and religious divides.’’

 

The Vice-President expressed delight that the nation’s economy is on a rebound, noting the strengthening of the naira against the dollar.

”The President means well for the nation, and he has continued to redefine the meaning and concept of modern leadership.

”For many years, fuel subsidy was an albatross. The President took a bold decision from day one, and he hit the ground running. Now the economy is turning the corner,” the Vice-President said.

Speaking on behalf of the Traditional Rulers Council of Nigeria, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, assured the President of the unwavering support of traditional rulers and commended the government’s efforts to address the hike in food prices and the security challenges.

”You are not alone, Mr. President. The prices of food items and goods are gradually coming down. You are doing your best on security, and we cannot allow you to do it alone. We will join hands to support your vision for the betterment of our nation,” the Ooni said.

Ambassador Ahmed Nuhu Bamalli, Emir of Zazzau, speaking on behalf of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), highlighted the significance of Ramadan as a period of reflection, empathy, and unity.

On the security situation in the country, the Emir of Zazzau, who represented the Sultan of Sokoto and President General of NSCIA, expressed optimism that the country will return to peace and stability.

”I am happy to see representatives of Muslim and Christian communities in this room. I pray God Almighty blesses the President for him to do more to take the country to the Promised Land,” the Emir prayed.

Apostle Samson Fatokun, General Secretary of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), noted that the Ramadan dinner with religious and traditional leaders, coincided with Maundy Thursday, the Thursday before Easter, observed in commemoration of Jesus Christ’s institution of the Eucharist during the Last Supper.

The General Secretary, who delivered the address of CAN President, Archbishop Daniel Okoh, commended President Tinubu for fostering a harmonious relationship between the State and the Church.

”We are encouraged that your administration has shown great determination in tackling the challenges of kidnapping and banditry and bringing to justice the perpetrators of this dastardly act.

”We shall continue to show our support to your administration so that you can execute your noble intention for the nation,” CAN General Secretary said.

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